In 2015, a wildfire swept through the Los Angeles area and destroyed thousands of acres of farmland.
While some have blamed the blaze on a human-caused fire, the culprit remains unknown.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department was forced to close the county’s public school system for a week to try to contain the blaze.
But a second fire broke out the next day, and firefighters had to evacuate some communities in order to contain it.
Thousands of acres burned, and in the end, nearly 2,000 firefighters were called to battle the fire.
The fire was declared a major disaster by the National Weather Service on March 17, 2017, and forced the evacuation of thousands of people.
In a statement to Al Jazeera, Los Angeles fire department chief David Baca said that the fire was caused by “human error”.
He said that it was unclear if the fire started deliberately, or if it was sparked by an electrical malfunction.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) blamed a malfunctioning solar panel on the fire, but Baca denied the report.
“I have no evidence of a deliberate, intentional or intentional act of arson,” Baca told Al Jazeera.
“We have a team of fire investigators that are investigating all of this to try and determine the cause of this fire.”
Despite the lack of concrete evidence, a report commissioned by the Los Angles Fire Department suggested that the fires started deliberately.
In an internal investigation, Cal Fire found that an electrical fault in the rooftop solar panels in the Los Gatos district of Los Angeles had “unintentionally and willfully caused a severe fire risk to residents”.
This was because the fire had been sparked by a power failure and “could have easily been extinguished by the power outages caused by the solar system”.
According to the report, the panels were not properly installed, but that the fault was not discovered until the day of the fire because of a lack of monitoring of the system.
The Cal Fire report was based on the conclusion of a report by the California Department for Occupational Safety and Health (Cal O&D).
But the report did not mention any human errors.
In fact, the report said, “no human errors were found”.
Cal Fire’s investigation, which was commissioned by Cal O&D, is not the first time that the report was used to justify a fire.
Cal Fire previously found that the panels had failed because of faulty wiring in the system, according to a report from the Los Angelos Times newspaper.
In 2017, the California State Fire Marshal’s office also reported that the “power failure” had “caused a fire in the area”.
In the report it was stated that “the cause of the blaze was unknown”.
In response to the fire in Los Gatados, Cal O’D stated that it is “highly unlikely that any human error played a role in the fire”.
“As a result of the investigation into this incident, Cal D&=amp&%s investigation found that there was no evidence that any persons or property was intentionally damaged or destroyed in the event of a fire,” Cal ODFS wrote.
In response, Cal A&!
F&t%s fire prevention division said that “no safety or fire risk was caused”.
However, a Los Angeles City Council investigation in February 2017 found that Cal A &F&amt% had been negligent in their response to an emergency, according the Los Angels Times.
Cal A and the city also reached a settlement, which the Times said was “largely in line with the conclusions of Cal O, which found Cal A%s emergency management system was not adequately equipped to respond to the fires that occurred on the roof”.
The Los Gatoses city council has also been investigating the fire as a “major fire” since 2016.
“Our investigators have determined that Cal O &!
Fire Prevention and the City of Los Gatans response to this incident were both inadequate,” the Los Gabriel Valley Times wrote in 2017.
“The investigation also found that no evidence indicates the fire could have been extinguished without the assistance of the city’s emergency management systems.”
The report, however, was not published in its entirety.
Instead, it was compiled into a document that was shared with Cal O=&%;Fire Prevention by Cal Fire and Cal A;&&amT& Fire Prevention, according a statement from the city.
The document showed that Cal Fire investigated the cause and origin of the fires, but did not take any action on their behalf.
However, it noted that Cal fire investigators did not find “a single incident where the fire department failed to act timely to save lives.”
“Our investigation has revealed that Cal F&T&am& and Cal O%s systems were not adequately prepared for the extreme conditions that occurred,” the city council stated.
“There were no investigations to address safety concerns in the response to any of the